Chasing Species in the Southern Appalachians: A 2018 NANFA Convention Report

CHASING SPECIES IN THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS: A 2018 NANFA CONVENTION REPORT Josh Leisen A version of this article was first published in American Currents, Publication of the North American Native Fishes Association (Volume 43, Number 4, Fall 2018). Visit nanfa.org for more information. Note: My article version published in American …

San Diego

San Diego, California – March 7-13, 2018 My friends Ben Cantrell (check out his blog here) and Ruoxi Li moved from Illinois to San Diego in mid-2017, and basically left me an open invite to visit. After strategic discussions with Ben in late 2017, we decided on March. It would …

Mazatlán

Mazatlán, Mexico – October 14-21, 2017 When George Brinkman called me in the middle of summer 2017 to invite me to come down and fish with him in Mazatlán I told him I needed to save money for my planned 2018 Africa trip. By the end of the same phone …

Appalachia and Back Again: A Labor Day Weekend Adventure

Ohio & Central Appalachia – September 1-5, 2017 The forecast for Lake Superior Provincial Park did not excite me: highs around 55 degrees and lots of rain. So, instead of driving 250 miles north into Ontario for a long weekend of solitary camping and hiking in dreary wet weather I …

Florida Revenge Tour

Southern Florida – January 19-28, 2017 I would love to return to many of the places I’ve visited but when selecting vacation destinations I tend to choose places I’ve never been before. This trip was an exception. I’d already fished in the Florida Keys and Everglades in 2011, which resulted …

Lifelist Angling the Peruvian Amazon: An Expedition Report

This article was first published in American Currents, Publication of the North American Native Fishes Association (Volume 42, Number 2, Spring 2017). Visit nanfa.org for more information. Amazon River, Peru – August 4-18, 2016 The Amazon. Home to over 5,600 species of fish, the world’s largest river system is a …

Monsters in the Surf

Botany Bay Beach, South Carolina – May, 2012 When the 4am alarm buzzes I feel no temptation to hit snooze. Not on a rare shark fishing day. Joy brews coffee, sizzles bacon and packs lunch while I load fishing gear into our Toyota Corolla. We gobble up our breakfast and …

The Clam Hatch

Santee River, South Carolina – June, 2011 David is tinkering with his boat when I pull into the gravel parking lot at Hills Landing. But we aren’t launching here, just making a stop at the bait shop and restaurant overlooking the canal connecting lakes Marion and Moultrie. We go inside …

The Death March

Mississippi River, Red Wing, Minnesota – August, 2009 “One, two, three.” Joy and I lift the canoe from the roof of our car, flip it right-side-up and carry it down the boat launch to the edge of the water. We load it with gear—rods, tackle box, tent, sleeping bags, cooler, …

Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand – April 21 to May 2, 2006 The sights, sounds and smells of Chakapong Road spill into the ground-level breakfast buffet lounge of Sawasdee Khaosan Inn. Humid air, laden with vehicle exhaust. The noise of tuk-tuks, tour buses, honking taxis and the muffled, multilingual exchanges of Thais and …